Nana Patekar

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Nana Patekar
Nana Patekar
Nana Patekar
Born Vishwanath Patekar
(1951-01-01) 1 January 1951 (age 68)
Murud-Janjira, Maharashtra, India
Residence Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Other names Nana
Alma mater Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art
Occupation Actor, Filmmaker
Years active 1978–present
Organization naam
Spouse(s) Neelakanti Patekar
Children Malhar Patekar
Parent(s) Dinkar Patekar
Sanjanabai Patekar
Awards Padma Shri

Vishwanath "Nana" Patekar (Marathi: नाना पाटेकर) (born 1 January 1951) is an Indian actor, writer and filmmaker.

Early life & Personal Life

Patekar was born in Marathi[1] family as Vishwanath Patekar on 1 January 1951 in Murud-Janjira in Raigad District, Maharashtra, to Dinkar Patekar, a small textile printing businessman, and Sanjanabai Patekar, a housewife.[2] He is an alumnus of the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai.[3][4] Nana Patekar was married to Neelakanthi Patekar and they have a son Malhar Patekar. But their marriage life did not go well and it resulted in a divorce later on.[5][6]

In September 2015, Nana Patekar established an organisation, Naam Foundation with fellow Marathi actor Makarand Anaspure, which works to provide aid to farmers to overcome by drought conditions in Maharashtra, India.[7] '


Patekar has played many types of roles. He has played the occasional villain but been a hero in most of his films.

Early 1970s and 1980 s

He acted in movies such as Gaman (1978), Mohre (1987) and Salaam Bombay! (1988) and was noticed by the mainstream Bollywood industry for his portrayal of the villain in the 1989 film, Parinda, for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also awarded the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for the role.


He turned director with his movie Prahaar: The Final Attack co-starring Madhuri Dixit. He underwent training for his role as an Indian Army officer in Prahaar and was awarded honorary Captain's rank. He joined the Territorial Army in the early 1990s.[8]

He took up the sport of rifle shooting and qualified for the G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship.[9]

He won the Filmfare Best Villain Award in 1992 for Angaar.

In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Krantiveer (1994). He won the Filmfare Award and the Star Screen Awards in the best actor category.

Nana portrayed the character of a ghost in the children's film Abhay (The Fearless) which won two awards at the 42nd National Film Festival held in 1994.[10]


He played a truant, gambling son in Krantiveer (1994), a wife beater in Agni Sakshi (1996), a deaf father to Manisha Koirala in Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and a schizophrenic in Wajood (1998). In the movie Ab Tak Chhappan (2005) he plays a police officer who is an encounter specialist . He costarred with Amitabh Bachchan in Kohram, where he played an undercover Indian Army intelligence officer chasing Bachchan's incognito. Patekar has also done comic roles, such as in Welcome (2007), in which he plays a powerful crime lord in Dubai who once desired to be an actor in films.

His other films as an actor include Hu Tu Tu and Bluffmaster!. For his performance in Apaharan, he received the Filmfare Best Villain Award as well as the Star Screen Award Best Villain.

He has acted in a few Marathi movies and plays. He is known to donate generously to the poor.[11][12]


Nana Patekar starred in the Marathi film Deool, released on 4 November 2011. He acted in Sangeeth Sivan's film EK, which is a remake of the Telugu film Athadu (2005) and as the character Anjaneya Prasad (CBI officer), which was originally played by Prakash Raj.

In 2014 Nana starred in another Marathi film, Dr. Prakash Baba Amte - The Real Hero, directed by Samrudhi Porey. Starring Sonali Kulkarni, it was based on a true story.

In 2015 he starred in a Bollywood film Ab Tak Chhappan 2, a sequel of Ab Tak Chhappan.

Singing career

Patekar did some playback singing in the films Yeshwant (1997), Wajood (1998) and Aanch (2003).

Movie direction

He turned director with Prahaar: The Final Attack co-starring Madhuri Dixit and Dimple Kapadia.

Cartoon series

Nana Patekar gave his voice for Sher Khan, the main villain in the famous cartoon series The Jungle Book telecasted on Door-Darshan on Sunday.

Awards and recognition

Padma Shri Award - India's fourth highest civilian honour
  • Nana Patekar has been awarded Padma Shri award for his dedication in the field of Films and Arts in 2013 on the eve of 64th Republic Day.[13]
  • Nana Patekar is the only actor ever to win Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Villain categories.[14]
Award Film Year Status
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Parinda 1990 Won
National Film Award for Best Actor Krantiveer 1995 Won
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Agni Sakshi 1997 Won
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award Andha Yudh 1989 Nominated
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award Parinda 1990 Won
Filmfare Best Villain Award Angaar 1992 Won
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman 1993 Nominated
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award Tirangaa 1994 Nominated
Filmfare Best Actor Award Krantiveer 1995 Won
Filmfare Best Villain Award Shakti: The Power 2003 Nominated
Filmfare Best Villain Award Apaharan 2006 Won
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award Raajneeti 2011 Nominated
Star Screen Award Best Actor Krantiveer 1995 Won
Star Screen Award Best Villain Apaharan 2006 Won
Bengal Film Journalists' Association - Best Actor Award (Hindi) Ab Tak Chhappan 2004 Won


As Director
Year Film
1991 Prahaar: The Final Attack
As Actor
Year Film Role Notes
1978 Gaman Vasu
1979 Sinhasan Marathi film
1980 Bhalu Marathi film
1982 Raghu Maina Marathi film
1983 Savitri Marathi film
1984 Aaj Ki Awaaz Jagmohandas
1985 Gad Jejuri Jejuri Marathi film
1986 Ankush Ravindra Kelkar 'Ravi'
Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy Nathuram Godse
Maaficha Sakshidar Rajendra Jakkal Marathi film
based on Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders
Phansi Ka Phanda Raghvendra
1987 Sutradhar Kumar
Mohre Abdul
Andhaa Yudh S.P. Suhas Dandekar
Pratighaat Ex-Constable Karamveer
1988 Trishagni
Salaam Bombay! Baba
1990s Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli (Hindi) Shere Khan (Voice)
1990 Parinda Anna Seth
Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen Natwarlal aka Dhrushtadyumna Padmanabh
Prajapati Neelkant Dhumketu Barish Kar
1991 Prahaar: The Final Attack Major Chauhan
Disha Vasant D. Mandre
Diksha Koga Pandit
1992 Tirangaa Shivajirao Wagle
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman Jai
Angaar Majid Khan
1994 Krantiveer Pratap Narayan Tilak
Abhay Ghost
1995 Hum Dono Vishal Saigal
1996 Agni Sakshi Vishwanath
Khamoshi: The Musical Joseph Braganza
1997 Ghulam-E-Mustafa Ghulam-E-Mustafa
Yeshwant Yeshwant Lohar
1998 Yugpurush: A Man Who Comes Just Once in a Way Anirudh
Wajood Malhar Gopaldas Agnihotri/Col. Latti
1999 Hu Tu Tu Bhau
Kohram Maj. Ajit Arya
2000 Gang Abdul
Tarkieb CBI Inspector Jasraj Patel
2002 Vadh Dr. Arjun Singh
Shakti: The Power Narasimha
2003 Bhoot Inspector Liyaqat Qureshi
Darna Mana Hai John Rodrigues
Aanch Mahadev
2004 Ab Tak Chhappan Inspector Sadhu Agashe
2005 Apaharan Tabrez Alam
Pak Pak Pakaak Bhutya Marathi film
Bluffmaster! Chandru Parekh
2006 Taxi No. 9211 Raghav Shastri
2007 Hattrick Doctor
Dus Kahaniyaan Man Carrying balloons for dead wife in the story "Gubbare"
Welcome Don Uday Shetty
Yatra Dasrath Joglekar
The Pool Bunglow Owner
2008 Ek: The Power of One CBI Officer Rane
Bommalattam Film Director Tamil Film
2009 Horn 'Ok' Pleassss Govinda
2010 Paathshaala Principal Aditya Sahay
Raajneeti Brij Gopal
Tum Milo Toh Sahi Subramanium
Yaksha Police Officer Kannada Film
2011 Shagird Hanumant Singh
Deool Bhau Galande Marathi film
2012 Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal brother
2013 The Attacks of 26/11 Rakesh Maria, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).[15][16]
It's My Life Businessman
Hungame Pe Hungama Jigar Bhaiya
2014 Dr. Prakash Baba Amte: The Real Hero Dr. Prakash Amte Marathi film
Yashwantrao Chavan– Bakhar Eka Vaadalaachi Pratap Deshmukh Marathi film
2015 Ab Tak Chhappan 2 Inspector Sadhu Agashe
Welcome Back Uday Shetty
2016 Natsamrat Ganpatrao Belwalkar Marathi film


Nana Patekar known for his simple lifestyle[17] has been generous in donating to charities. He contributed money towards rebuilding of the flood ravaged villages in Bihar through the charitable organisation Anubhuthi.[18] All the monetary remuneration he obtained for his performance in the movie Paathshaala was donated by him to five different charitable organisations.[19] When he was awarded the Raj Kapoor award which carries a cash prize of Rs 10,00,000, he donated the entire amount towards drought relief activities in Maharashtra.[20] He also provided financial aid to families of farmers who committed suicide due to indebtedness brought about by drought. He distributed cheques worth Rs 15,000 to 62 families of farmers from Vidarbha region in August 2015 and another 113 families from Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada in September 2015.[21][22]


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